Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US :: North Charleston SC :: York Co PA :: Waukegan IL

Trident Literacy Association breaking the cycle of poverty one student at a time
Berkeley Independent: 11.30.2016 by Matt Bise

Four nights a week inside a barely noticed building set back off of Rivers Avenue, every precious inch of space is used on a packed second floor. It’s a tight maze that winds through cubicles, doors and makeshift hallway-classrooms. For adults who want a better life, the journey starts here-- and there is a waiting list to get in.

It would seem an unlikely spot for such a mix of cultures. On this night, one of two nights a week, it is English as a Second Language. Adults from countries like: Turkey, Moldova, China, Russia, Mexico and Brazil squeeze into the small classrooms for a six-month semester, once they finish a semester they can move on to another higher class level. It’s just one of the “vital life skills” offered by the Trident Literacy Association (TLA), to help break the cycle of poverty.

Geovany Baires is from El Salvador. He has been attending classes for 2-years. His English is still a work in progress, but he is eager to fulfill an American dream. “Because a good life, because the economy is bad in my country,” he said. “It’s nice because I can help my family or build my house in the country.”

Magdalena Lopez, another student, answered slowly and cautiously to give her best English, wants the same, “I want many things here, for a better job and better future,” she said.

But the future is now mixed with uncertain times, politically and socially, those looking for a better life in America, even those here legally-- have real concernsREAD MORE @

Local tutor wins York County Literacy award

York Dispatch: 12.07.2016 by Alyssa Pressler

Sherrill Trimpey was recently awarded the Bea Blatner Award from the York County Literacy Council for her exceptional service as a tutor.

Trimpey started tutoring with the York County Literacy Council 37 years ago, shortly after the council was founded. She retired from tutoring this year.

The Shrewsbury resident's father died a week before she was supposed to start training as a tutor all those years ago, according to a news release from the council. She considered canceling but reminded herself that when one door closes, another opens.

“Each new student was another new door to open and enjoy," Trimpey said, according to the news release.

The Bea Blatner Award was established in 2002 in memory of longtime volunteer Beatrice Blatner. The award now goes to tutors who exhibit the exemplary qualities Blatner displayed during her 20 years of tutoring students in York County.

Trimpey was just the tutor for the award, which she received at the council's 40th celebration. READ MORE @

Waukegan library's adult literacy program helps those most in need
Daily Herald: 12.06.2016 by Abby Scalf

Cheryl Wildemuth said many of the adults she works with can read only at a first- or second-grade level.

Some have high school diplomas and some do not. Some have been to jail. Most didn't see going to college as an option.

So Wildemuth sees herself as a cheerleader for students, who have not had much success, and didn't have someone who believed in them.

"They all want to work. They all have bigger aspirations for their life, which is bigger than what we would anticipate and is against all the stereotypes that you hear, that they're lazy. It's not the case," she said.

The Lake Villa resident and former special education teacher is among the tutors who volunteer their time to teach basic skills, such as reading, writing and math to adults across Lake County.

The adult literacy tutoring program, which is run by the Waukegan Public Library, supports those most in need and hardest to reach, said Josh Anderson, the program's coordinator.

With the recent absorption of Literacy Volunteers of Lake County into the Waukegan Public Library Foundation, the library has become the go-to organization to improve adult literacy.  READ MORE @

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